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AUTHOR(S):

Nur Sanim Azlan, Zainudin Bachok, Izwandy Idris, Fatin Izzati Minhat, Melissa Beata Martin, Wan Nurzalia Wan Saelan, Maizah Mohd Abdullah

 

TITLE

Assemblage Structures of Meiobenthos from the Coastal Waters of Peninsular Malaysia

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ABSTRACT

As a globally widespread organism in the marine environment, the placement of meiobenthos in between the microbial community and the higher trophic levels plays a major role in the ecology. This study aims to provides a comprehensive record on the abundance and distribution of meiobenthos within the coastal waters at the Southern South China Sea (SSCS) and Straits of Malacca (SOM), in Peninsular Malaysia. Meiobenthos were collected from six stations at the SSCS and 37 stations at the SOM during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) cruise by the research vessel of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (RV Discovery) held in March 2019. Bulk sediment was collected by using Smith McIntyre grab and meiobenthos were subsampled for three replicates by using a modified syringe (diameter 2.67 cm). A total density of 1828.6 ind./10cm2 from five main taxa were collected in this study. In general, meiobenthos assemblages in the coastal waters of Peninsular Malaysia were represented by Phylum Nematoda, Harpacticoida, Polychaeta, Oligochaeta and Kinorhyncha. Specifically, at the SSCS, the dominant taxon belongs to Phylum Harpacticoida whereas at the SOM, Phylum Nematoda was the most dominant taxon. This study provided an important baseline information on the meiobenthos assemblage structures in Malaysian waters.

KEYWORDS

Meiofauna; Nematodes; Harpacticoids; Polychaetes; South China Sea; RV-Discovery

 

Cite this paper

Nur Sanim Azlan, Zainudin Bachok, Izwandy Idris, Fatin Izzati Minhat, Melissa Beata Martin, Wan Nurzalia Wan Saelan, Maizah Mohd Abdullah. (2022) Assemblage Structures of Meiobenthos from the Coastal Waters of Peninsular Malaysia. International Journal of Environmental Science, 7, 240-245

 

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